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Arrest Warrants Filed for Five Cult Leaders

Korea Times, May 18, 2003 http://times.hankooki.com/ Prosecutors yesterday sought arrest warrants for five leaders of a religious cult who allegedly beat a man to death for lack of faith in their religion. The five include 49-year-old female cult leader identified only as Song and a 31-year-old named Choi who first reported the crime to authorities. They were charged with fatally beating the 31-year-old victim identified as Lee accusing him of neglecting his construction work duties. On Friday, prosecutors found a total of four corpses from a container at a construction site in Yonchon, Kyonggi Province, where cult members were building

Four bodies found at South Korean religious sect

Reuters, May 16, 1003 http://www.alertnet.org/ SEOUL, May 16 (Reuters) – South Korean police said on Friday they had found four dead bodies at a compound run by a religious sect north of the capital Seoul, possibly murdered as part of a reincarnation ritual. The religious affiliation of the sect and details of its membership were not immediately known, police said. “We discovered four bodies inside the compound who appear to have been murdered,” said an official at the police station in Shinseo, a town about 30 km (20 miles) north of Seoul and close to the border with North Korea.

Chosun Libo (South Korea), May 16, 2003 http://english.chosun.com/ by Kim Joon The corpses of four members of a religious cult have been found by prosecutors inside a cargo container at a construction site in the Gyeonggi province county of Yeoncheon. The Uijeongbu branch office of the District Public Prosecutors Office said that a member of the cult, which was unidentified, had been killed and kept inside the container to be resurrected. The three other bodies were brought from outside and also kept inside in the belief they would be brought back to life, prosecutors said. The authorities had received a

Former Reorganized Latter-Day Saint returns as a Baptist campus minister

Baptist Press, Apr. 16, 2003 http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/ By Richard Nations LAMONI, Iowa (BP)–Twenty years ago a young man played football and studied for exams at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. He was a devout member of the Reorganized Latter-Day Saints church (RLDS), now called the Community of Christ. He was doing what every good RLDS son was supposed to do — stay in the church and propagate the RLDS version of the Joseph Smith story. Today, Woodie Ladnier, 41, son of an RLDS elder, has returned to Lamoni as a Baptist collegiate minister. Serving as a part of First Baptist Church’s

The Story of O: Life in and out of a political cult

Star Tribune, Apr. 6, 2003 http://www.startribune.com/stories/389/3796442.html Kay Miller, Star Tribune On a sunny balcony in New Orleans, Alexandra Stein and her mother listened to jazz and feasted on freshly fried beignets. Stein’s mother had flown all the way from London to vacation with her daughter. But when Stein called home to check in, her roommate was irate: Stein’s trip had not been authorized by their O. contact in Minneapolis. She must return immediately. “I didn’t know there was a rule,” Stein said. “From out of the blue, I was in trouble.” Rattled, she concocted a story for her mother and

The O. fits classic definition of a cult, expert says

Star Tribune, Apr. 6, 2003 http://www.startribune.com/stories Kay Miller, Star Tribune People tend to think of cults as primarily religious, but the O. fits the classic definition with its clandestine structure, charismatic leader and all-controlling environment, said Janja Lalich, author of “Captive Hearts, Captive Minds.” Lalich is an assistant sociology professor at California State University-Chico who has studied the O. She considers it a cult. CULT WARNING SIGNS“Gut feelings” tell you something is wrong. The group or its leader possess the total and only truth. Pressure to cut ties with family members, friends and other attachments. Extreme, immediate and/or inappropriate attention